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Title: Border to Border The Human Rights Challenge Here and Abroad


1
Border to BorderThe Human Rights ChallengeHere
and Abroad
  • Presented by
  • the Sisters of St. Dominic at Caldwell, NJ
  • and STM Public Discipleship Ministry

2
Human Trafficking, a global problem
  • An estimated 50,000 women children are
    trafficked into the US every year.
  • The largest of people trafficked into the US
    come from East Asia and the Pacific
  • The next highest s come from Latin America and
    from Europe and Eurasia
  • (US Dept of Justice, Health Human Services,
    State, Labor, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and
    the US Agency for Intl Development 2004.
    Assessment of US Govt Activities to Combat
    Trafficking in Persons. Wash, DC US Dept of
    Justice.)

3
Think its not happening here? Think again.
  • Summer 2004, 60 Peruvian victims of sex trade
    were found in Long Island,
  • Similar cases in Texas with African choir boys,
  • Also in Oklahoma with Indian factory workers,
  • Same in California with Asian women children
    sold into prostitution,
  • Occurring as well in Maryland, with African
    servants kept as slaves by medical doctors
    members of foreign embassies,
  • Here in NJ with Mexican children in a brothel,
  • Also in Florida with Honduran migrant farm
    workers, and in
  • NYC with Mexican deaf-mutes forced to peddle
    trinkets

4
Catholic Social Teaching
  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for Gods Creation

5
Some Hard Facts
  • Child sexual trafficking is a 10 billion
    industry worldwide
  • Traffickers are the second largest organized
    crime ring in history
  • This issue affects more than 2 million children
    around the world more than 200,000 children in
    the US
  • Between 50 60 of children in sexual slavery
    are under age 16
  • An est. 9.5 billion in revenue is generated from
    all trafficking activities (4 billion to brothel
    industry)

6
What can we do?
  • Organize a letter-writing campaign it works!
  • Host/support Fair Trade Exchange Program
  • Attend Human Rights Workshop on 3/28/06
  • Participate in local Crop Walk Fall 2006
  • If not now, when? If not me, who?

7
Additional Actions We Can Take
  • International Justice Mission (888-456-4499)works
    to rescue girls from forced prostitution by
    working with indigenous government officials
    even raiding brothels. www.iijm.org
  • The Heifer Project (800-489-5575) Buy a farm
    animal for a needy woman youll give her the
    resources to support herself. www.heifer.org
  • Maiti Nepal This organization crusades to help
    victims of sexual trafficking. Sponsor a victim,
    make a donation, or just find out more info
    www.maitinepal.org
  • UNICEF supports children around the world through
    advocacy, education, volunteering fundraising
    visit www.unicel.org or call 1-800-FOR-KIDS
    (1-800-367-5437)

8
What Else Can Be Done?
  • Increase poverty-focused development assistance
  • Encourage congressional support of agricultural
    business development in less developed countries
  • Support Debt Cancellation measures for foreign
    countries least able to repay such obligations
  • Urge smart use of government-held food reserves
  • Designate at least 10 of our exportable food for
    concessionary sales or grants to food-short
    nations

9
Local Congressional Contact Info
  • Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D)
  • One Gateway Center, 23rd Floor
  • Newark, N.J. 07102
  • Phone 973-639-8700
  • Senator Robert Menendez (D)
  • One Gateway Center, Suite 100
  • Newark, N.J. 07102
  • Phone 973-645-3030

10
Spreading the Word..
  • Follow the progress of human trafficking reform
    in your local newspaper and periodicals,
  • Share this information with others,
  • Encourage friends, relatives fellow citizens to
    also write to their local congressional contacts,
  • And remember, it is said the greatest harm to
    humanity is when good people do nothing.

11
One Last Thought..
  • Knowledge is like a garden.
  • If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.

    (African Proverb)

12
Reading Resources / Reference Bibliography
  • DESPAIR, by Ed Vulliamy, Amnesty International,
    Winter 2005
  • Preying on the Margins, by Mary Ellen
    Dougherty, 1/30/06 issue of America
  • United Nations Reform and Human Rights, by
    Silvano M. Tomasi, 9/12/05 issue of America
  • What Carried the Girls Away, by Eve Conant,
    Idea Lab, 2/12/06 issue of NY Times Magazine,
  • The End Of Poverty, author, Jeffrey D. Sachs
  • How To End Poverty, 3/14/05 issue of Time
    magazine

13
Additional Resources on the Web
  • www.congress.org
  • www.jubileeinterfaith.org
  • www.usinfo.state.gov/gi/global_issues/human_traffi
    cking.html
  • www.usdoj.gov/trafficking.html
  • www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking
  • www.antislavery.org
  • www.IINJ.org

14
Notes and Comments
  • In closing, now can be our time to learn more
    about the global human condition particularly
    human trafficking, to pray that effective
    measures are put into place, and that there will
    be a greater energy and response in 2006 to
    better the lives and ensure the full dignity for
    all of Gods children.
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